Mini Blue English Lavender

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With its compact size, 'Mini Blue' Lavender is a perfect for choice for borders, containers, and rock gardens. This shorter variety of English Lavender grows to be about 10-12” tall and was bred to flower in the first year. The fragrant blooms attract butterflies and are deer resistant. Produces grey-green foliage and rich purple flowers. (Lavandula angustifolia)
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Low Maintenance
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Dried Flowers
Good For Containers
Evergreen
Plants For Small Spaces
Great For Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size10-12" tall , 12-14" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
SizePlant - 3" Pot
SKUAM014908

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

10-12" tall x 12-14" wide. ‘Mini Blue’ English Lavender is a short take on an old favorite. This compact shrub-like perennial has gray-green foliage and purple flowers on six inch stems. Among lavender varieties, ‘Mini Blue’ is on the smaller size. It is a perfect plant for containers, low hedges, rock gardens, and perennial garden borders. Like all lavenders, ‘Mini Blue’ needs at least six hours of sunlight per day and well draining soil. Plant with other perennials, annuals, wildflowers, and bulbs that like it on the dry side. Pollinators love lavender, and will visit the plants en masse when they’re in flower. Wait until you see new growth in the spring to cut back. Lightly shear after the first bloom for a second flush of flowers later in summer. Pick the fragrant, thimble-sized blooms just before they open and hang upside-down to dry.

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Success with Lavender:

Originating in the Mediterranean, lavender prefers hot sunny days, dry air, and non-enriched, well-drained soil. While that’s great news for those gardening in the West, nowadays lavender can also be successfully grown in higher-humidity areas of the East and Pacific Northwest very successfully by remembering its basic needs. Be sure to pick a variety that is matched to your area. Depending upon your location and your desired use, there are lavenders for almost any setting. Next, follow the four basic elements to ensure lavender success:

1. SUN Lavender loves sun. Plant them in a sunny location where there is plenty of air circulation. Six to eight hours of sun is best, but some afternoon shade is fine in the hotter climates of the Southwest.

2. AIR Good air circulation is essential, especially in areas of high humidity. Lavender is not fond of damp, still air, which makes it prone to root rot. In humid areas, plant them with ample spacing, keeping in mind the mature size of your plant when in bloom and allowing for a bit extra space for good circulation.

3. SOIL Well-drained soil. This is perhaps the most important factor in success with lavender. One rule of thumb from is that the soil should be loose enough to dig with your hands, and not cake-like. You can add sand or small gravel to recreate this consistency if your soil is too compact. In areas where drainage may be a problem, mound the soil up to create a raised row or stand-alone mound.

In humid areas especially, a 1-2” mulch of pea sized gravel or white sand will do two things – it will help improve drainage, and it will reflect heat and light back up into the plant. More heat = more fragrant blooms! If you use a weed barrier, make sure it is breathable so the soil can drain and the roots can breathe.

4. WATER During the first year of your lavender’s growth it needs to establish a good root system. It will require regular watering (unless you’re experiencing healthy rain fall). Starting in the second year, your lavender will need less water, as it becomes the water-thrifty plant you’re hoping for, but to get there it needs to grow deep roots in year one. By the end of year three it will have reached its mature size and shouldn’t need any extra water. If water is needed, water in the morning, and deeply, to help root growth. A mature lavender plant is happy with only 9-12 inches of rain per year, but remember, with the right variety and good drainage lavender can thrive with more water.

Learn How to Grow Lavender in Detail.

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SKUAM014908
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Mini Blue English Lavender
Botanical Name
Lavandula angustifolia Mini Blue
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Purple
Mature Height
10-12" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
12-14" wide
Growth Rate
Medium
Bloom Time
Summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Gray-green foliage.
Evergreen
Yes
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Well Draining
Tolerates
Dry Sites
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Low Maintenance, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Good For Containers, Evergreen, Plants For Small Spaces, Great For Mass Plantings
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
Item Unit
Plant
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
No
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